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Ranked #532 of 5,921 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $45
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Marina District
Cross street: Union Street
Transit: 22 Filmore & 45 Stockton
Description: Terzo, meaning third in Italian, and connoting a third place to gather and share food & wine, was inspired by our travels around the Mediterranean. After running Rose Pistola and Rose's Cafe successfully for years, we wanted to bring an authentic, upscale, European neighborhood restaurant to Cow Hollow. Terzo is a beautiful combination of modern and cozy. Our chefs create food inspired by the coastal regions around the Mediterranean Sea, sourced from our bountiful local farms and ranches. The menu consistes of daily changing small and large plates, with many vegetarian options. The eclectic and diverse wine list is attractively priced, draws from regions all over the world, and is designed to pair perfectly with the cuisine. Please join us for an exceptional neighborhood dining experience and your private dining needs.
Reviewed June 28, 2009

We were visiting San Francisco from NC and picked Terzo on line for their menu which was very appealing, especially the small plates. We love to try lots of different things.

Each dish was perfectly prepared and presented. We ordered 4 small plates to share and were impressed with the way they paced the delivery of each one. The dishes came in exactly the order requested. We were not hurried through any of the selections.

The white wine flight was also a nice way to sample several wines. Our waitress, Niccole, was especially adept at describing each wine; one could almost taste them just from her description.

We chose the chicken spiendini, arugula salad, panzarotto & marinara and tomato braised pork meatballs. As mentioned earlier, each dish was excellent. Our particular favorite was the panzarotto, which Niccole explained was made with potato dough. It was like a calzone except the bread was delicate and more delicious.

The ending was a simple vanilla ice cream sundae with cappuccino, a delightful and perfect finish.

We could not have been more pleased with this experience and plan to return to Terzo on our next visit to SF.

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Reviewed May 5, 2009

Delish. Hopefully you are able to order the peppers. Not always on the menu.

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Reviewed January 20, 2009

I used to live in San Francisco and we ate out all the time, from the well-known places (Boulevard, Michael Mina, Aqua, blah blah blah) to the smaller places. I visited Terzo on a recent trip back (housed in the former space of Pane Vino in the Marina) and had a wonderful meal.

The three of us had maybe six small plates, split a large plate, and split a dessert. We were plenty full. I really enjoyed the food here and I think it was because of the high quality of the ingredients and expert preparation.

There was sort of an Italian-Middle Eastern theme going on. The roasted squash with yogurt, mint and harissa sauce sounds unusual, but I can't stop thinking about how good it was. Similarly good was the roasted beets with tahini sauce. The bruschetta with creamy, soft mozzarella di buffala (the chef, who paid us a visit at our table, told us it came straight from Naples) and homemade giardiniera on top of that was wonderful, too. I loved the spiedini; a skewer of marinated chicken and crunchy bread. Another small plate was the to-die-for homemade Italian sausage. The pasta carbonara large plate was good, but I enjoyed all the small plates more.

To top it off, they have a great wine-by-the-glass list, which we ordered liberally from. Good combo of high quality California, Italian, French, and Spanish wines, mostly.

Very pretty decor. Upscale but comfortable. You can feel comfortable with dress on the casual side (e.g. nice jeans and sweater). In all, a great night with food to remember.

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Reviewed May 12, 2008

Nice atmosphere. Upscale. Clever mimicry of euro (particularly Italian) "small plate" and "large plate" menus. But speaking as someone who recently spent a couple weeks in Italy, you could still order a pizza and make a meal for under $30 a person. Not at Terzo. Upscale restaurants (and restaurants in general) include a vegetable and a potatoe (or similar) with each entree (plus they put bread on the table). But at Terzo, the "large" plates are more like appetizers - in size. A $28 Skirt Steak was tasty, well presented, but amounting to something like half or less a portion I would expect at any other restaurant. It came with potatoes, but adding that with two "small" plates (at $8 each) yields a $44 meal before tax, tip and the lovely san francisco 3.5% health care tax. (And I was still hungry; and I am not a large person nor eater.) Now, the chef does a nice job. Flavors are unique and satisfying. I enjoyed the meal. But they need to make the portions bigger on the "large" plates. Think of it this way: Terzo is a place where you have to order your vegetable, potatoe and salad separately, in addition to your main entree, which is smaller than normal. If you like the idea of mixing and matching like that, it's great fun and tasty. But be prepared to spend to make a full meal.

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Reviewed April 1, 2008

Good food, standoffish service.

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